Music critic Paul Hume interviews composer David Del Tredici about his work, "Syzygy" (1966), which is scored for soprano, horn, and chamber orchestra. The name, which was suggested by a friend who was enamored with the sound of the word but uncertain of its meaning, refers to the astronomical event when planets come into alignment along a single axis, and seemed very appropriate for a setting of two poems by James Joyce ("Ecce Puer" and "Night Piece"), in which... Topics: Art songs, Interview, Chamber music, KPFA-FM
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Gladys Nordenstrom, composer and wife of Ernest Krenek, in which she discusses one of her songs "Time 24", which is based on a poem by the Czech poet Renata Pandulova. Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Art Songs, Gladys Nordenstrom
Errollyn Wallen performs the U.S. premiere of her Songs cycle at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. The presentation of this work was made possible with the support of Jeanne & Howard Baumgarten. Errollyn Wallen, Songs What's Up Doc? Errollyn Wallen, voice & piano On Songs: Errollyn Wallen's first attempt at songwriting bubbled up subconsciously in one hour into What's Up Doc?, full of absurd lyrics which dissolve toward a social pathos of... Topics: Music, Art songs, 20th Century Classical Source: Other Minds
This program was recorded on Feb. 27, 1972 as a benefit for Woman for Peace. Bernhard Abramowitsch, father of the singer Miriam Abramowitsch, accompanies his daughter on the piano. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Art Songs, Classical Music, Miriam Abramowitsch
A concert given in celebration of Ernst Krenek’s 80th birthday, on April 18, 1980 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and sponsored by the Goethe Institute. Charles Boone, who studied with Krenek, introduces the composer who then introduces the program of a number of his early compositions. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs, Ernst Krenek
This is the first in a series of four concerts of chamber music put on by the Oakland Museum in the Spring of 1971. The focus of the concerts was works by contemporary California composers, although the programs also included other works , as seen fit by the program director Donald Cobb. Thus this first concert, recorded on February 19, 1971, includes songs by Aaron Copland, Ernst Bacon, and Guilaume de Machaut, as well as chamber works by Lou Harrison, Antonin Dvorák, George Gershwin, and Roy... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs
Recorded at a May 1970 concert held at Mills College in California, this is three songs by Donald Cobb with texts by Walt Whitman. The singer is baritone Edgar Jones, accompanied by an unidentified chamber ensemble. Rich, melodic, and lyrical, these three art songs skillfully avoid the pitfalls of shaky vocals and tinkling accompaniment that all too often is the hallmark of 20th century musical settings of poetry. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs
This collection of art songs represents a fusion of many folk, classical, neoclassical, and contemporary influences. Taking as its theme the Portuguese Fado, the most prominent influence, Marco Lucchi's series of compositions were recorded by an ensemble between 1988 and 2008. track order: 1. della Perla Lunare (Cristina Blarzino, harp - Geoff Warren, flute - Laura Polato, piano) 2. prima Canzone d'Amore (Lorena Fontana, voice - Cristina Blarzino, harp - Marco Lucchi, voice and programming) 3.... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: instrumental, vocal, art songs, fados, Italian, neoclassical, world music
From a program first broadcast in 1969, Howard Hersh introduces a veritable cornucopia of songs composed by Erik Satie, with a sprinkling of Satie’s solo piano music and a song cycle by his friend Claude Debussy included for added seasoning. Although Satie is perhaps best known for his serene works for solo piano as well as his many dramatic works, he also produced a selection of song cycles and cabaret songs. While motivated by the fees such popular songs demanded in turn of the 20th century... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Art songs, piano music, cabaret music
In a recording made on March 24, 1972 and first broadcast on July 31st of that year, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Elie Siegmeister and his wife Hannah, while also playing a wide assortment of his music. Known for his interest in American music and the plight of the working class, Siegmeister has written art songs, operas, musicals, and film scores, as well as a wide variety of orchestral and chamber works. In this delightful interview Siegmeister disputes Amirkhanian’s attempt to... Topics: KPFA-FM: Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs
Host Sarah Cahill presents a diverse number of musical settings of poems by the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. Juxtaposed settings by Aaron Copland, John Adams, George Perle and Ernst Bacon reveal each composer’s unique approach to handling Dickinson’s enigmatic work. While Adams’s well-known “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” is featured in its entirety, seldom-heard work by Perle and Bacon offers a different take not only on the text, but on the author’s status as... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Art Songs
Two selections from a University of California Intercampus Arts Festival concert, probably recorded around 1970. This recording features two virtually unknown works by a couple of obscure, and possibly student, composers. The first work, Blake Goodall’s “Eleven Haiku,” is scored for soprano, piano, and other assorted instruments and is performed here by soloists, Carolyn Dahlgren, soprano, and Hiro Imamura, piano. The second work is “Giggling Debutante's Décolletage,” by Robert... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs
This is the second in a series of four concerts of chamber music put on by the Oakland Museum in the Spring of 1971. The focus of the concerts was works by contemporary California composers, although the programs also included other works, as seen fit by the program director Donald Cobb. Thus this second concert, recorded on March 12, 1971, includes songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Virgil Thomson with Gertrude Stein, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as chamber works by Ernest Bloch, and Leon... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Classical Music, Art Songs, Chamber Music
On May 5, 1926 six young American composers who had been working in Paris presented their chamber music to an audience of musicians, intelligentsia, and socialites in the famed Salle Pleyel (or perhaps the nearby Salle Chopin). The concert, arranged by Nadia Boulanger and sponsored by the Societe Musicale Independente, a group which included the most celebrated European composers of the time, gave the French one of their first chances to hear what Americans were capable of musically. The... Topics: Chamber Music, Art Songs, Music and Interview, Societe Musicale Independante
Modern music rarely has enjoyed a specialist with such a voice. Mordecai Bauman was an American originala politically motivated artist who was at the far left wing of progressive politics in the 1930s. The quality and beauty of this talented baritone's singing rivaled both Enrico Caruso AND Paul Robeson. Here he speaks about his distinguished career which included the first recordings of songs by Charles Ives and his acquaintanceship with such left-wing composers as Elie Siegmeister, Marc... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs Source: Other Minds
A July 1965 broadcast of a live in-studio concert featuring songs by Alma Mahler plus the first movement of what might have been Gustav Mahler’s first piano quartet. Alma Mahler had been working on these songs when she first met and later married Gustav Mahler. Unhappy with the idea of his wife composing rather than devoting her time to himself, Mahler initially insisted that she stop. Only later, (as is related in a passage from her autobiography read by the actress Maria Palmer at the start... Topics: KPFA-FM, KPFK-FM: Music, Art Songs, 20th Century Classical, Alma Mahler
Charles Amirkhanian introduces an unsettling composition by a musician whose work lies between jazz and classical music. Michael Mantler’s work, “Many Have No Speech” (1988), which was 18 months in the making, consists of settings of texts by Samuel Beckett, Ernst Meister, and Philippe Soupault. The vocalists include Jack Bruce, Marianne Faithfull, and Robert Wyatt. Amirkhanian talks with the composer and samples this latest release. (from KPFA Folio) Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview, Art Songs, Jazz, Michael Mantler
Charles Amirkhanian hosts a variety of characters on The Morning Concert: "Philip Glass meets Phalen Tassie". A series of outlandish guests, including a preposterous pan-musicologist from London, keep a KPFA fundraising drive entertaining, as Amirkhanian presents excerpts from Glass' new release, "Dance Nos. 1-5", and selections from "Phalen Tassie Sings American Contemporary Songs". Tassie, a former faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music,... Topics: Interview and Music, Minimalism, Art Songs, Morning Concert, KPFA-FM, Philip Glass, Phalen Tassie
In commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion and of Gay Pride Week, Wood Massi presents music, writings, and interviews about the gay experience. The program focuses on 20th century vocal music and includes works by Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and others. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs, Wood Massi
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the young Israeli composer Shulamit Ran. Ran studied with Paul Ben-Haim from 1960 to 1963 and then at the Mannes College of Music in New York from 1963 to 1967 as a pianist and composer. This recording was made on February 27, 1981 in Chicago, where Ran was currently teaching at the University of Chicago. Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, Chamber Music, Art Songs, Shulamit Ran
Gerhard Stäbler was born in Wilhelmsdorf near Ravensburg (Swabian, South Germany) in 1949. He studied composition with Nicolaus Huber and organ with Gerd Zacher. From 1982 to 1984 he taught music theory at the Essen Folkwang Hochschule für Musik. At the time of this recording he was working as a producer for radio stations, and was a member of the Cultural Committee of the City of Essen. He was awarded the Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize for “Fürs Vaterland”. In 1985 the Heinrich... Topics: Speaking of Music series, Interview and Music, Art Songs, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Gerhard...
A live concert featuring Barbara Patton, soprano, and Natalie Limonick, piano, performing works by Peter Cornelius, Hugo Wolf, and Gustav Mahler. Topics: KPFA-FM, KPFK, Music, Art Songs, Peter Cornelius, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler
In this edition of Ode To Gravity Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of art songs by Ned Rorem interspersed with excerpts from Rorem’s book, “Music from Inside Out”, in which the composer discusses history and art of song writing. For additional works by Rorem be sure to check out the recently released CD “The Songs of Ned Rorem”, from the Other Minds record label and available at www.otherminds.org. Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Art Songs, Ned Rorem
This is the first half of a concert given at the Fresno State College Department of Music, Recital Hall Music Building on Nov. 11, 1964. It features compositions by students and faculty of Fresno State College performed by members of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Art Songs, Chamber Music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
OM 14 got started with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the Bent Sørensen, Chinary Ung, and Ben Johnson, whose works were to be heard during the first concert, held on March 5, 2009. Sørensen discusses how he has incorporated aspects from one of his operas into two of his more recent compositions as well as commenting on the challenges of writing for a piano trio. Ung touches upon his interest in finding the musical... Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 14, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music,...
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Geoff Smith and singer Nicola Walker Smith. Geoff Smith is one of the new breed of British composers, while Nicola is a singer of remarkable range who has made a career of performing contemporary art songs, many composed by young British composers such as Gavin Bryars, Michael Finnissy, and Geoff Smith, as well as John Cage. The pair have also experimented with more popular music, as is made evident in their reworking of a Yorkshire folk song “Thi... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Art Songs, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic,...
2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Other Minds Festival of New Music. Other Minds Executive & Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian explained the 20th anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on two decades’ worth of prescient programming. "As we look back at the nearly 200 composers we've brought to San Francisco for these gatherings, it seemed a good time to tip our hat to some of our most surprising discoveries who have gone on to make signal contributions to international... Topics: New Music, Lecture, Pauline Oliveros, OM 20, Don Byron, Errollyn Wallen, Charles Amirkhanian, Jazz,...
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Carmena was most likely intended to be an art song yet also crosses over into popular music by use. This love song with a Spanish flair is well suited for coloratura soprano--not necessarily because of a very high range but because of the nature of the piece. The version presented here is in the key of F minor with a delightful optional cadenza to B-flat below high C. Carmena was sung by Jane Powell in the movie Song of the Open Road released in 1944. You can hear Deanna Durbin sing this... Topics: Carmena, Henry James Lane Wilson, H Lane Wilson, Deanna Durbin, Jane Powell, Song of the Open Road,...